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Bull to Integrate RH@psodie, the French Navy&aposs Human Resources Payroll Information System (HRIS)

PARIS, September 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

PARIS, September 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Bull Wins Contract Worth More Than EUR11 Million for a Project Central to the French Government's Modernization Program

The French Navy has entrusted Bull with the integration of its new human resources and payroll information system, RH@psodie. Originating in the framework of the program of Ministry of Defense reforms, RH@psodie is based on the common inter-ministry kernel being steered by the National Payroll Office. It is built around a pre-configured version of SAP's ERP, SAP ECC6. The project involves adapting Navy HR and payroll practices, and rationalizing the different inter-force systems in a step-by-step program of overall convergence.

Towards decentralized processes

The aim is to harmonize the different processes and move from the current silo-based structure consisting of 46 applications, to a structure of just 11 applications, and to a single point of entry for data input. In parallel, the French Navy is taking the radical step of moving towards the secure decentralization of payroll documentation, which will ultimately lead to a new and dedicated Navy payroll treatment system.

While aiming to provide ongoing support for the navy's global quality and shared resource initiative, Bull is to act as prime contractor for this project – which involves significant organizational and functional elements – from the development phase through to deployment (including on board ships, in French overseas territories and foreign countries). Similarly, Bull is to provide user support, and will participate in managing the change involved in introducing the new HR and payroll system.

This integration project – which will involve over 13,000 person days of work – concerns some 60,000 service men and women (both on active service and in reserve), 40 ships and three locations for development, production and disaster recovery activities.

Building a robust, modular and scalable infrastructure

Bull has defined an innovative, SAP-compliant infrastructure that reflects the French Navy's structure and organization both functionally and geographically, and takes into account its specific objectives of availability, integrity and confidentiality. The infrastructure is to be hosted on up to 90 Bull NovaScale blade servers, the full complement of SAP databases being consolidated on a single Bull StoreWay storage bay.

HRBC, a subsidiary of Bull specializing in HRIS integration, is prime contractor of the RH@psodie project for a provisional period of two years, which may be followed by third-party maintenance and third-party maintenance-in-operational-status agreements.

About Bull, Architect of an Open World(TM)

As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:

– Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies; – Building on its alliances with leading ISVs and long-standing involvement with Open Source, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the freedom to evolve; – Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers' business integrity.

Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries worldwide.

For more information visit: http://www.bull.com

Contacts presse:

Bull : Anne Marie Jourdain, Tél: +33(0)1-30-80-32-52, anne-marie.jourdain@bull.net

Financial Dynamics: Florence de Montmarin / Tiphaine Bannelier, Tél: +33(0)1-47-03-68-10, florence.demontmarin@fd.com / tiphaine.bannelier@fd.com

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